Williston council to change in fall

Williston Town Council is going to look a lot different in the fall.
Mayor Tommy Rivers along with two council members did not file for re-election before Friday's noon deadline. Also, Councilman Jason Stapleton filed to run for mayor.
Mayor Pro Tem Wanda Matthews and Councilman Jerry Holmes did not file for re-election.
Dwayne Cagle, Chris Rivers and Shawn Eric Moody filed to run for the three at-large council seats.
The election is set for Sept. 10.
Chris Rivers was previously on the Williston District 29 School Board before losing his re-election bid in April.
Mayor Rivers said he decided to step down because it's time to pass the reins to the younger generation. He has been mayor for 20 years.
Holmes, who has been on council for 20 years, reiterated the mayor's comments. He said he felt he's done good things for the town and it's time to pass the baton.
He said when he joined council the town was in the red and now has a $1 million surplus.
It's time to "give some new blood the opportunity" to add on to what I've done, he said.
Whether an election will be held is up for debate in Williston. Interim Administrator Roger LeDuc thinks an election is not necessary since there is no opposition, but town attorney Tom Boulware has always insisted elections be held to avoid any possible conflicts. The election would cost the town about $2,000.
Over on the Barnwell City Council, current councilmen Benjamin Duncan, District 3, and Robert Pattillo, District 5, filed for re-election while J.T. Atkinson, District 1, did not.
William B. Dozier filed to run for the District 1 seat. No one else filed to run for any of the three seats up for election this year, though people can still do a write-in campaign.